Charlotte Plumbers Beg You to Never Put These Things Down the Garbage Disposal!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If there’s ever a holiday during which garbage disposals are abused (and broken), it’s T-Day, no doubt about it. As experienced plumbers, we’ve come up with a definitive list of things you can and cannot put down your garbage disposal (plus tips on how to keep your garbage disposal smelling good and blades sharp). We’ve compiled this list for you to share with those relatives of yours who say, “Oh, come on… you can put that down the disposal…”

Save Your Garbage Disposal! Never Put These Items Down the Disposal:

The following things will either clog up your pipes, get stuck on the edges and inside of your disposal or blades, or will jam up your disposal:

  • Do not pour any grease of any sort down your drain. Wipe out the pan with paper towels or pour the grease into a can and dispose of it in the trash. Chasing grease with dish detergent is not enough to keep it from gunking up your pipes and garbage disposal. Not to mention the fact that rancid grease will start to smell bad if it lines your pipes. Not fun.
  • Avoid letting vegetable peelings or fruit peels down your garbage disposal. Carrot, sweet potato, russet potato, cucumber, etc., etc. They will jam up your disposal and get stuck on the sides of your disposal or your pipes. There was a trend for a while of putting lemon or lime peels down the disposal to freshen your kitchen with that citrus smell, but actually, those will also get stuck in the disposal, so don’t do it.
  • Do not put meat, skin from meat, fat or bones down the disposal.
  • Don’t put rice, pasta, oatmeal or grits down the disposal; they’ll clog up your pipes.
  • Eggshells are a surprising no-no. They will also stick to the inside of your disposal.

Clean Your Disposal! Go Ahead and Put These Things Down Your Disposal:

The following things will either clean your disposal, deodorize your disposal or sharpen the blades:

  • Baking soda and vinegar. We recommend a ratio of one cup baking soda to two cups white vinegar.
  • Hot water and degreasing dish detergent. Always a winner!
  • Ice cubes and cold water. Sharpens the blades! Just be sure to continuously run the cold water as you run the garbage disposal.

Proper Use of Your Garbage Disposal: Go Ahead and Let These Things Down the Disposal:

You can safely put down small amounts of food scraps (assuming you run water and the disposal while putting them down the drain), but it’s best to use the disposal only for things that accidentally fall into the drain. Sure, there are some foods you can always put down the drain…things that will easily break up such as Popsicles, ice cream, coffee, cream, orange juice, milk with a few Cheerios in the bowl… sure! Go for it! But for most meals, you’ll want to scrape scraps from plates into the trash and then rinse dishes in the sink, using the disposal for scraps small enough that they were missed when scraping.

Garbage Disposal Broken? Need a Charlotte Plumber to Fix or Replace It?

Give us a call at 704-269-1066 or use our online contact form. We’re open 24/7, 365 days a years, and we never charge extra for weekends, evenings or holidays. So yes! We are open on Thanksgiving and will be happy to help you with your plumbing issues. Just let us know what you need done!

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